Luke Fletcher is hoping to see the back of a difficult four-week period when Nottinghamshire travel to Tunbridge Wells to face Kent.

The visiting side have named a 13-man squad for the trip to the South-East.

Paul Coughlin remains injured, while Stuart Broad is unavailable as the ECB manage his workload ahead of an Ashes summer.

Nottinghamshire squad: Jake Ball, Matt Carter, Zak Chappell, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Luke Fletcher, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney (c), Chris Nash, Samit Patel, James Pattinson, Ben Slater, Luke Wood.

Since a productive run in the Royal London One-Day Cup ended with defeat to Somerset, Notts have recorded two defeats and two draws in the Specsavers County Championship, leaving them bottom of the Division One table.

But the Nottingham-born seamer is keen to keep his side’s recent form in perspective.

“We had a really successful 50 over competition, didn’t quite get to the final and then we’ve had a bit of a bad month since then,” said Fletcher.

“All the players are desperate to turn things around and hopefully that should start next week in Tunbridge Wells.

“The word momentum gets lobbed around a lot, but we do need to find a way of getting a bit of momentum and hopefully carrying that on through the rest of the season.

“We’ve only played just under half of the games, so it’s still quite early days.”

The Kent clash will be Notts’ fifth consecutive game away from home, and their third of this run at an outground after taking on Hampshire at Welbeck and on the Isle of Wight.

But Fletcher doesn’t feel the squad are missing the comforts of Trent Bridge.

“When you play for a county has a venue like Trent Bridge as its home, you’re used to being on the road when the international games are in the country,” he said.

“I wouldn’t say it’s had an effect on us to be honest,” he said.

Notts last played at Tunbridge Wells in 2010, securing a draw as they progressed towards claiming the County Championship title.

Fletcher watched on from the sidelines on that occasion, as the midsummer clash saw 1,242 runs scored despite the game being heavily rain-affected.

“I was 12th man for that game and it did seem quite friendly for the batsmen,” said Fletcher.

“But with all the weather around you never quite know what it will be like this time, so it will be difficult to tell until we get to Tunbridge Wells on Sunday.”

The weather got the better of the green and golds’ game with Hampshire at Welbeck, which left Fletcher empathising with those who had worked so hard to take first-class cricket to North Nottinghamshire.

“It was frustrating for both sides, and for the spectators who have travelled to watch us,” said the 30-year-old.

“Welbeck put on such a great show over the four days and worked hard on the ground, so it was disappointing to lose three days, but nobody can do anything about the weather.”


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